Employee and Labor Relations Advisor (SA 1, Exempt)

  • City of Seattle, WA
  • Seattle, Washington
  • May 14, 2019
Full Time Human Resources and Personnel
  • Salary: $38.06 - $57.09 Hourly

Job Description

Position Description

First consideration will be given to applications received by 5/31/2019 .

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) provides essential utility services to a rapidly growing and increasingly complex city and region. With more people living in Seattle than ever before, we face a range of new challenges, requirements, and responsibilities. This is an exciting time for us, as we embrace the challenge of balancing environmental enhancement, service excellence, and compliance with affordability. We are exploring and sharing approaches to meeting new and future demands.

SPU strives to be a Community Centered Utility working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. We also provide drinking water for 1.4 million regional customers in Seattle and the other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable utility services and to provide value for dollar. With that goal in mind, we pursue everything we do with the following core areas of focus:
  • Achieve Excellence in Core Service Delivery
  • Increase Affordability and Accountability
  • Improve Investment Value
  • Enhance Public Health and Environment
  • Ensure Equity and Inclusion
  • Expand our Impact through Strong Partnerships
We have an exciting opportunity for an innovative human resources leader to join our team in the role of Employee and Labor Relations Advisor. This person will be part of a team led by the Employee and Labor Relations Manager and will play a vital role in the culture and employee experience at SPU.

Job Responsibilities

The Employee and Labor Relations Advisor is responsible for fostering partnerships with all levels of employees, management and business partners to provide advice, consulting, and mentoring guidance regarding employee and labor relation processes, procedures and best practices as they relate to employee engagement, recognition, training, performance, misconduct, allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, labor practices and EEO matters.

Ideal candidates will have experience with a complex, diverse workforce, a strong desire to work with both front-line employees and management, and experience with public sector organizational practices and labor unions.

Examples of key responsibilities of this position include the following:
  • Meet with employees in person to assess their concerns and complaints, and with managers regarding employee misconduct and performance
  • Investigate, or assist in management fact finding or investigations regarding allegations of misconduct, discrimination, harassment, and other matters as necessary, and prepare investigation reports when appropriate. Conduct debriefing sessions with employees and management
  • Advise all levels of SPU employees and managers regarding personnel issues and/or refer issues to appropriate HR management or professional staff for assistance, which may include interpretation/implementation of City Personnel Rules, Department Guidelines, and Collective Bargaining Agreements.
  • Research and develop discipline comparisons and recommendations
  • Contribute to ER/LR data reporting tracking and analysis
  • Contribute to SPU's performance management and performance appraisal program by guiding leaders on evaluating, memorializing, and communicating about employee performance
  • Plan, develop, and prepare materials for labor/management initiatives, collective bargaining negotiations, grievances, and arbitration.
  • Manage special projects, such as the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) compliance program, Stay and Exit interview processing, and other human resources functions as assigned.
  • Support and work to promote Race and Social Justice Initiatives


Education: Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business, Public Administration or related field.

Experience: At least three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in performing employee and/or laborrelations work in a comparable organization including conducting or providing oversight for investigations to include EEO investigations.

Other required skills include the ability to negotiate, counsel, manage conflict, facilitate communications, and influence; work effectively in a large, complex multicultural and diverse organization; exercise independent, sound judgment and initiative within established guidelines when recommending a course of action; prepare clear, concise, accurate and persuasive reports, correspondence, analytical studies and other written materials; possess active listening skills; and be proficient with Microsoft Office software (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Certification/License: Washington State Driver License is required. SPU operates facilities throughoutSeattle and King County. Travel to remote work sites is required on an as-needed basis.

Additional Information

Desired Qualifications: Knowledge of and relevant experience in employment law related matters, and experience in providing analysis regarding discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace is preferred; as is experience working with labor unions/contracts and demonstrated experience in a leadership role in a complex unionized environment.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history review.

Want to know more about Seattle Public Utilities? Check out our web page at www.seattle.gov/util/

Closing Date/Time: Continuous